Before I start- you need to know I have no shares in Fitbit- or in any other fitness devices for that matter, and neither do I get anything for free from any store -online or otherwise.
I also do not review anything for a living-nor am I a tech whiz (oh-so far far from it, almost embarrassing to tell) so this isn’t going to be a professional review, just an honest frugal person’s review, reflecting my own personal unbiased opinion.
There- now we can start.
First- who cares?
Well- this is a good question if you happen to be frugal.
Actually- if you are frugal, you are probably used to asking yourself -“do I need this?”-instead of “do I want this”.
This is actually a very good question , because this device -in my opinion- is definitely something you can live happily ever after without having (or even knowing it exists-as was my case), but– if you are a health enthusiast, and your workout goals are a priority to you- then this is a great device to have- provided you get it when it’s on sale.
I think I first need to tell you the pros and cons -and then sum it up , and- as usual- do your own research, don’t buy anything you won’t use+enjoy, and if you happen to have this device- or another one from a different company- please comment!
#1. It measures a variety of workouts: (though not all!)
The Fitbit Inspire 2 measures walks, runs, swimming (yes- laps included! ) , biking (haven’t tried it -can’t tell you how accurate it is) and it says it measures yoga too- though I haven’t tried this either.
I did notice that my band workouts cannot be measured, although I can call it “weights”- but it isn’t- and when I do a 30 minutes free weights workout- it measures it as a mere 80-90 calories worth- when this is -in my opinion- not the point of working out with weights.
It doesn’t have a built in GPS -or a music streamer- but I run with my phone anyway- and swim with my Syryn waterproof MP3 -now this– is a must have for swimmers in my opinion- it is a definite need(!) if you love swimming -here is a link to a previous posts I wrote on this-
(Again- no shares or affiliated nothing).
Why do I need to measure my workouts?
Well- again- this isn’t exactly a question of “need” but of “want”.
I am a reatired health enthusiast, my workouts are a priority for me- and I love collecting analyzing the correct data concerning my workouts, instead of guessing -or relying on my phone’s GPS.
#2. Can’t escape it- the psychological effect.
This is a huge one, no doubt.
The extroverts can enjoy the “share activity “button, and the variety of communities to be part of, and discuss interval intensity and calorie intake , and even share how many hours of sleep you got last night . (!).
But even an introvert like me, has to admit there is something challenging in knowing your information is gathered somewhere- and you can better yourself every day.
As pathetic as it may sound ( and it does sound), I noticed I stopped slacking at the end of runs, I make an effort to swim faster, not to mention the calorie intake feature…..
#3. The calorie intake feature.
I used MyfitnessPal until I had enough of loading my foods, though I knew this is just sheer laziness and pure shame, because guessing gets you only this far- and this- is not very far.
Apparently the Inspire 2 has the same features- you load your food choices, lie about the quantities (sorry- you don’t lie- you “guess” how big that huge bowl was), and the Inspire tells you how many calories you still have left for the day- according to your weight goal -and the amount of calories you burned during your exercising that day.
This is really nice-
No need to calculate- you can see exactly how your day is looking currently- and decide like the responsible person that you are (…..) if your planned trip to the cupboard is happening or not.
*Again- the psychological game is the real challenge – you get the feeling that your information is out there- and although I choose to never share anything with anyone ( introvert, told you)- I still feel I need to “behave”.
#4. heart rate measuring:
This is really nice- if you don’t mind wearing the Inspire when you go to sleep, then you can enjoy this super important information gathering- your resting heart rate-
This is super important if you want to know your fitness level and adjust accordingly.
I can tell you that for the past two weeks I was stressing over an issue concerning my kids, and sure enough I could see the change in my resting heart rate. ( if this is of any importance to you- from 57-58 to 63).
#5. heart rate measurements -while active:
this- obviously- is an important feature- you can check your heart rate while running or boxing or whatever- and the Inspire calculates your fat burning zone- your cardio zone- and your peak zone- according to your personal information- age-weight- resting heart rate and exercise level.
This is what my run this morning looked like:
#6. It is easy to use- even for relics from the ice age like me. also easy to charge.
#7. The looks and feel of it– this device is slim, hardly noticeable, but at the same time stylish.
#8. the price tag: I bought mine on Amazon for 68$ +1 year free premium membership- the regular price for premium membership is 80$ a year.
So- in my opinion- (which now- as an owner of the device- is biased by the need to justify the purchase to myself)- I can tell you I did just fine without it for 52 years of my life- but the past 2 months of checking my data constantly and trying to better my results so as not to embarrass myself in front of the fitbit – I can say that if you are an avid health and sports lover, and you actually care what your heart rate variability is+ you are able to consistently load your food intake -and check to see how many calories you consumed and how many you used- than check if the sale on this device is still on, because you will enjoy this.
If you couldn’t care less about all those parameters- don’t bother.
Enjoy- the cooliflower.